Mary B. (DiGioia) Cullen, 85, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 with her family by her side.
Mary was a resident of East Hartford for over 62 years and a life-long parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. A devoted wife and loving mother, she was blessed to be a grandmother to eight, and lived to enjoy seeing her first great-granddaughter. Mary’s love of reading gave her an endearing ability to understand and build instant connections with everyone she met. Mary’s family enjoyed her beautiful garden that she maintained, and everyone enjoyed her bountiful baking abilities every year, especially at Christmas. Faith and family always came first to Mary.
Mary was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Edward H. Cullen, and their eldest daughter, Katherine Cullen.
She is survived, and will be dearly missed, by her son, Paul J. Cullen and his wife Linda of Colchester and their children: Ryan, Shaunna, and Brennden; her daughter, Jean Butrymowicz and her husband Walter of Charlotte, N.C.; her daughter Amanda and great grand-daughter, Jane; her son, Edward P. Cullen and his wife Christine of South Windsor and their children: Jessica, Kaitlyn, Michael and Mackenzie. Mary also leaves her dearest friend Gienia who took loving care of her for the past eight years.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 9 a.m. from the Benjamin J. Callahan Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford followed by a funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 15 Maplewood Avenue East Hartford. Burial will take place in Silver Lane Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, September 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
For directions or to send an online condolence, please visit www.callahanfuneral.com.
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